Long Island Sound Water Quality Campaign Manager

New Haven, CT, United States 🇺🇸

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM SPECIFIC

The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut – the third oldest field office – is an innovator and incubator for many local-to-global conservation strategies, including conservation easements, climate resilience planning tools, green urban infrastructure, marine planning and freeing river flows. The Director for Finance and Operations will provide overall direction and leadership for all finance and operations functions within the business unit. This position will report to and work in close collaboration with the State Director and serve as a thought partner to the State Director and, ideally, execute on the chapter’s vision by attracting, shepherding and deploying the necessary resources while working closely with a multitude of stakeholders including the chapter’s management team, board of trustees and the internal TNC network as well as external vendors and partners. We appreciate collaborative approaches and encourage innovative ideas and recommendations. The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

POSITION SUMMARY

The Long Island Sound (LIS) Water Quality Campaign Manager will lead the development and activation of a coalition of community members and organizations to ensure decision makers take action to reduce nitrogen pollution in LIS. S/he will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team comprised of conservation, government relations, and communications specialists working to motivate citizens and decision makers with science, information and other communications tools to develop and implement watershed-based nitrogen management plans for coastal embayments around the Sound. The Campaign Manager will develop and implement campaign plans and strategies to broaden and align public support for state and municipal actions that reduce nitrogen loading to LIS and, where needed, set thresholds that protect, maintain and restore coastal and marine habitats to strengthen healthy and resilient coastal communities. S/he will ensure action is coordinated with plans in New York and other appropriate jurisdictions outside CT. This position reports to the Director of Watershed Conservation and Outreach Programs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Build and operationalize a coalition to motivate and guide actions taken by Connecticut’s state and municipal decision makers to reduce sources of nitrogen pollution and safeguard healthy ecological conditions in the Sound’s waterways. Key to this essential function is identifying and mobilizing appropriate local organizations and stakeholders to participate in and help expand the coalition for clean water and to market clean water outcomes with target audiences around the state.
  • Mobilize grass-tops support; consolidate messaging and focus message delivery on target audience of elected and appointed officials, business leaders, civic leaders, opinion leaders and the media throughout the region
  • Creatively and strategically engage the public and regional stakeholders by developing and implementing an outreach and advocacy campaign to support implementation of the U.S. EPA LIS Nitrogen Reduction Strategy in Connecticut. Strategies may include, but are not limited to: establishing nitrogen reduction targets, updating state and local policies and/or developing finance options.
  • Through targeted communications and advocacy, promote the adoption of innovative technologies and practices that reduce nitrogen pollution from decentralized wastewater sources and fertilizer use among Connecticut communities and between local and state decision makers. Increase awareness of clean water needs at the community level through information exchange, sharing relevant science, promotion of planning resources and the use of decision support tools.
  • Serve as a liaison and informational point of contact among individual citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, private groups, municipal/local, state, federal agencies and the Conservancy.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Develops and implements a major initiative of strategic importance to the Conservancy through public engagement, outreach and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Coordinates with the Connecticut and Long Island water quality team leads, government relations, communications and other staff to develop campaign outreach and organizing plans and ensure plans are aligned with and leverage Conservancy advocacy, outreach and related program objectives (e.g. coastal resilience, cities).
  • Develops relationships and allies that support regional water quality restoration goals. Creates and participates in opportunities to expand the Conservancy’s reach, meets new potential supporters and generates new contacts. This includes presenting to organizations, government agencies, media outlets and civic leaders.
  • Develops a set of success metrics for the campaign, a timeline and, as appropriate, other tools for measuring progress and success – these might include goals for a database of outreach contacts and systems to track and evaluate progress toward coalition/campaign goals.
  • Leads and/or assist with water quality campaign related networking though planning, social media, and event activities.
  • Assists with and leads TNC fundraising efforts to actualize and expand campaign success across the targeted region through grants, awards and philanthropic inputs.
  • Works within geographic and strategic scope of the Conservancy’s Long Island Sound Program.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Maintains responsibility and accountability for meeting campaign goals and objectives in a timely fashion.
  • Requires frequent regional travel, evening and weekend hours
  • May supervise administrative staff and/or volunteers, interns, or temporary staff.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience in environmental conservation practice, public policy, communications or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience, including public speaking.
  • Experience designing and leading legislative, planning, policy or corporate initiatives at one or more of the following levels: federal, state, county, or municipal. Experience working with multiple partners, government agencies and the corporate sector.
  • Experience working on several local, regional or state ballot or legislative campaigns or political campaigns in a position of middle to high responsibility
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and other online information sources and tools

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing organizational knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders. Familiarity with local stakeholders and issues a plus.

  • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.

  • Political campaign experience in a leadership role – this can include experience designing and running a canvassing effort, leading or managing significant portions of a local or regional ballot campaign or work as a senior campaign manager in a political campaign.

  • Experience negotiating agreements and contracts.

  • Demonstrated public speaking skills with experience presenting to and communicating with diverse audiences including citizens, government and non-government representatives, and/or corporate staff. Conflict resolution skills a plus.

  • Experience implementing cross-jurisdictional legislative, planning, policy or corporate initiatives at one or more of the following levels: federal, state, county, or municipal.

  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.

BENEFITS-SHORT TERM POSITIONS

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

HOW TO APPLY

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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